FILE – In this March 21, 2020 file photo, a couple wearing face masks take a selfie at the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada” sign amid a shutdown of casinos along the Las Vegas Strip due to coronavirus in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
UPDATED 11:39 AM PT — Tuesday, March 31, 2020
The CDC is reportedly considering recommending Americans cover their faces in public amid the nation’s fight against the coronavirus.
According to recent reports, the agency is weighing recommendations to advise people to shield their faces with cloth coverings rather than surgical or N95 masks.
No final decision has been made on the potential recommendation, however, an official said it could help “flatten the curve” of the outbreak if enacted.
On Monday, President Trump appeared to be open to the possibility of all Americans wearing face masks for a short period of time. He made the following comments on the matter:
“So we’ll take a look at it for a period of time, not forever. I mean, you know, we want our country back. We’re not gonna be wearing masks forever, but it could be a for a very short period of time after we get back into gear.”
Medical masks are urgently needed by professionals fighting the virus, but facial cloth coverings could potentially reduce the chances a person spreads the illness to others.